30 Surf Road. / Town of Westport photos
30 Surf Road / Town of Westport photos

By Thane Grauel

WESTPORT — Three houses together valued at $11 million, all with water views, will soon be razed for new structures.

The Historic District Commission on Tuesday night waived the 180-day demolition delay for 30 Surf Road, 1 Riverview Drive and 45 Compo Beach Road.

Unlike other very pricey teardowns recently in Westport, all the houses discussed Monday are several decades old.

The Surf Road structure, a modern house built in 1972, last sold for about $4.6 million. It’s on Bermuda Lagoon at Saugatuck Shores and also has a view of Long Island Sound beyond a marshy inlet.

The Riverview Drive house, a Colonial Revival built in 1930, last sold for $3.3 million. It’s on the Saugatuck River, roughly across from Sylvan Lane.

The Compo Beach Road house also is a Colonial Revival and was built in 1931. It last sold for $3.2 million. It looks out on the Ned Dimes Marina and Long Island Sound beyond.

All votes by the commission were unanimous except for Compo Beach Road. Commission Chairwoman Grayson Braun voted against.

Bob Sprouls of Bluewater Homebuilders said the Dutch Colonial style house had additions over the years.

“My client is looking to build a Federal-style home here,” he said. He likened the concept to houses seen in Southport.

44 Westfair Drive.
44 Westfair Drive

Braun said she recognized the house has a bit of a hodgepodge of styles, “but I do find that there’s enough of that core Colonial Revival architecture.”

“I just wish that your client was feeling more in the realm of Colonial Revival and using some of the existing structure,” she said. “I don’t really feel Federal-style architecture fits in at Compo Beach.”

A waiver also was granted to 44 Westfair Drive, a 1951 Cape Cod that last sold for $958,000.

The commission denied demolition delay waivers for 1 Birchwood Lane and 114 Beachside Ave., not because of historical concerns. The applicants did not appear.

“If an applicant doesn’t show up, we do not waive the delay,” Braun said before the commission voted unanimously to deny the waiver and leave in place the full 180-delay for Birchwood Lane.

The commission also denied the waiver for the Beachside house.

“Same rationale, we have no applicant to question,” noted commission member Bill Harris.

Thane Grauel, executive editor, grew up in Westport and has been a journalist in Fairfield County and beyond for 35 years. Reach him at editor@westportjournal.com. Learn more about us here.